She watched the twinkle-sorrow
as from stars reflected
in the calmness of his sacrifice.
She sensed the longing
of the moonblade in her fist
as the serpent hissed:
“Spill his blood and from the mire
cornucopias will spring”
and for a moment saw herself
before she dropped the knife
A 55 word poem for Kerry at toads, using the image by Eli.
Considering that goats are evil, and cornucopias are good, it may be quite a nice idea
Such a stunning narrative, Bjorn! ❤️ I have a feeling the little voice in her head spoke to her at the last minute 🙂
There’s no bargaining with the Serpent except in literature. A nice tale, Bjorn.\
I can’t figure where the goat came from or that goats are evil. this being said, your temptress does well to flee before she spills any more blood.
A nice entry into the pic: great drama in the tense moment. What can beauty decide? If it survives, the goat dies; or is like love, which lasts by not lasting? Well done.
This is why I love fairy tales, for their beautifully grand metaphors about the human condition. We all will face temptation at some point in time, but the only thing that matters is what we choose to do with the knife when the moment comes.
I really like this first stanza.
She watched the twinkle-sorrow as from stars reflected in the calmness of his sacrifice.
We are sometimes tempted to do things that would bring us momentary pleasure but regret in the long run. A very well-written work!
I’m glad she dropped the knife. I love the “twinkle-sorrow”. Yes, those eyes recognize the danger.
Sometimes, the sacrifices we are asked for in exchanged for satisfaction isn’t worth the horror.
Also, I now have images of Persephone and The Little Mermaid dropping blades and running (for better things, one hopes).
…if only we all had the fortitude and selflessness she possesses
The beautiful beast was saved by her good conscience… Hooray!
What a lovely fairytale with a happy ending.
The decisions we face almost never have obvious answers…but I’m pleased with her choice. (K)
I am glad she dropped the knife,,,bkm
I like the choice she made. It is tough to do the right thing with a serpent whispering in your ear.
Such grand temptation, but it was the making of her in that moment.